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Dark MageT1
Dark Mage.png
Map Icon Dark Mage.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeDark Mage AI
Damage40/80/120 (melee)
80160240 (Dark Energy) [1]
Max Life800/1600/2040
Defense18
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfused
Drops
Dark MageT3
Dark Mage.png
Map Icon Dark Mage.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeDark Mage AI
Damage90/180/270 (melee)
80160240 (Dark Energy) [1]
Max Life4000/8000/10200
Defense38
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfused
Drops
I sense a kindred spirit in the Etherian Dark Mages. A pity they are our enemies, I would have liked to learn from them.

The Witch Doctor

The Dark Mage is a mini-boss that spawns in the Old One's Army event during wave 5 in Tier 1 and during waves 4 and 6 in Tier 3. It will freely float a bit above the ground. It randomly chooses between three attacks:

  • The Dark Mage summons Dark Energy.png Dark Energy, and hurls it directly at the player, dealing 80 / 160 / 240 damage.
  • The Dark Mage summons a large rune, which then generates a large area of light that heals most NPCs in its 62.5-tile range (who have at least 30 maximum health, who deal at least 1 damage, and who are not a Dark Mage) by up to 500 health.[3]
  • The Dark Mage begins chanting, and a Dark Sigil.png Dark Sigil will appear. After a short moment, Old One's Skeletons will appear from them. This attack cannot be done if there are more than 200 NPCs in the world.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Dark Mage will continue to respawn until Wave 5 reaches 99% in Tier 1. This allows him to be farmed by players with late pre-Hardmode and higher gear.
  • Like other members of the Old One's Army, the Dark Mage is immune to Teleporters and Lava, and will take half damage from Traps.
  • The Dark Mage is restricted to hovering a bit above the ground. It cannot fly upwards, though the skeletons it summons can.
  • Two pet eggs, the Gato Egg and Dragon Egg drop from this mini-boss; however, the Creeper Egg light pet drops from Ogre.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The pet drops from the Dark Mage in T1 are one of the highest drop chances for any pet items from enemies, beaten out only by the Bone Key from the Dungeon Guardian.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, the War Table, War Table Banner, Dragon Egg, and Gato Egg are not affected by Luck, unlike most uncommon loot drops. Thus, they will always drop at their listed drop rates.[2]
  • Dark Mage can't heal itself, other Dark Mages and Moon Lord
  • If a boss reaches the second phase and then is fully healed by the Dark Mage, the boss will still maintain its current phase (with an exception like Santa-NK1, Plantera, King Slime, Queen Slime as it will convert into the first form after fully heal).
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Dark Mage: "A small, levitating sorcerer from Etheria who wields dark magic and can even raise fresh minions for the Old One's Army."

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method AI_109_DarkMage() in Terraria.NPC.cs
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method RegisterDD2EventDrops() in Terraria.GameContent.ItemDropRules.ItemDropDatabase.cs
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method AI() in Terraria.Projectile.cs (under aiStyle == 133)